Instagram User in Illinois?

You May Be Entitled to Compensation up to $5,000

Instagram users were likely subjected to facial recognition technology.  This violates your privacy rights and Illinois law.

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Under Illinois law, it is illegal for a company to collect biometric data unless it first tells its users about its practices and obtains written consent.
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What is this case about?

This is a case about data privacy.  We allege that Instagram is violating the privacy of its users by collecting data (i.e. biometric data) that it should not be collecting without first notifying its users and obtaining written consent. The biometric data that we allege Instagram is collecting is in the form of face scans, which are unique to individuals – no two individuals have the same one. Because this data is so unique, there are heightened protections around it. We believe that Instagram has ignored the protections implemented by Illinois lawmakers through its collection of users’ biometric data without first notifying its’ users and obtaining written consent, which we intend to prove in arbitration.

This is a case about data privacy.  We allege that Instagram is violating the privacy of its users by collecting data (i.e. biometric data) that it should not be collecting without first notifying its users and obtaining written consent. The biometric data that we allege Instagram is collecting is in the form of face scans, which are unique to individuals – no two individuals have the same one. Because this data is so unique, there are heightened protections around it. We believe that Instagram has ignored the protections implemented by Illinois lawmakers through its collection of users’ biometric data without first notifying its’ users and obtaining written consent, which we intend to prove in arbitration.

A class action was filed against Instagram’s parent company, Facebook Inc., pending before the Northern District of California. Since you are an adult user and Instagram’s user agreement has a mandatory arbitration clause, it is unlikely that your claim could proceed in court. As a result, we’ve determined that arbitration is the best available option for adult Instagram users.

You should not continue to use Instagram while your arbitration claim is pending.  Do not discuss your claim with anyone who is affiliated with Instagram or Facebook.  If you do continue to use Instagram while your claim is pending, do not discuss anything about your case while using Instagram.  Please notify us immediately if you receive any communications from Instagram about your claims or the arbitration.

No, this is not a class action lawsuit. Your individual arbitration claim will be decided on its own facts, which is why we ask for more information than is normally required when signing up for a class action settlement.

Arbitration means that instead of having your claim or dispute heard by a judge or jury in court, it will be decided by a neutral arbitrator in a private forum. Arbitration is something the parties agree to, usually as part of a contract that they enter into at the beginning of their relationship. Many companies have arbitration provisions in contracts that they enter into with individual consumers, employees, small businesses, or investors. Arbitration is sometimes called “alternative dispute resolution,” “ADR” or “private dispute resolution.”

Many consumer agreements or services have mandatory arbitration provisions in their agreements and/or terms of use, along with class action waivers. You probably unwittingly signed these agreements, such as with banks and credit card companies, even if you’ve never seen them. They are also found in many online click-through agreements, such as travel, shopping, gaming, or entertainment sites. These clauses not only require you to arbitrate your claim, but to do so individually.

Our fees will be a percentage of the settlement or recovery we obtain for you. That amount will depend on the rules in the state you live in. We only receive a fee if you win, and you will never owe us any money. While success is not guaranteed, we’ll do our best for you.

Most of the time, arbitration can be conducted either by telephone or through documents provided by you and the company.